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Chloroperoxidase-Catalyzed Epoxidation of cis-β-Methylstyrene: Distal Pocket Flexibility Tunes Catalytic Reactivity

Morozov, Alexander N., Chatfield, David C.
The Journal of physical chemistry 2012 v.116 no.43 pp. 12905-12914
active sites, chloride peroxidase, cytochrome P-450, gases, hydrophobicity
Chloroperoxidase, the most versatile heme protein, has a hybrid active site pocket that shares structural features with peroxidases and cytochrome P450s. The simulation studies presented here show that the enzyme possesses a remarkable ability to efficiently utilize its hybrid structure, assuming structurally different peroxidase-like and P450-like distal pocket faces and thereby enhancing the inherent catalytic capability of the active center. We find that, during epoxidation of cis-β-methylstyrene (CBMS), the native peroxidase-like aspect of the distal pocket is diminished as the polar Glu183 side chain is displaced away from the active center and the distal pocket takes on a more hydrophobic, P450-like, aspect. The P450-like distal pocket provides a significant enthalpic stabilization of ∼4 kcal/mol of the 14 kcal/mol reaction barrier for gas-phase epoxidation of CMBS by an oxyferryl heme-thiolate species. This stabilization comes from breathing of the distal pocket. As until recently the active site of chloroperoxidase was postulated to be inflexible, these results suggest a new conceptual understanding of the enzyme’s versatility: catalytic reactivity is tuned by flexibility of the distal pocket.